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Monthly Archive:: March 2011

A WWYD for You

There are two ways to get to our favorite Target store.  Dh and I disagree on the route to take—it’s probably a Venus/Mars thing.  I, of course, think I’m right.  He, of course, thinks he’s right.  Who do you think is right?

Since I like to be fair to the underdog, let’s start with his route.  Matt likes to take surface streets all the way there.  This involves driving down a side street to get to the main street which will take us most of the way to Target.  There are many intersections along the way, which is my main concern.  The more intersections there are, the more likely it is that we’ll be involved in some sort of crash, whether it’s being rear-ended or side-impacted.  More precisely, there are 8 stoplights using Matt’s route; 8 major intersections where drivers can mash metal together.  There are other minor intersections along the way too, including one that’s had a fatality from a driver running a stop sign.  Even though these lights aren’t timed and we get caught at a red at 2-3 of them, dh thinks his route is faster.

My route involves taking the freeway.  Initially, there’s some fancy jiggering to get to the freeway that involves going through a shopping center—all on public streets though—but we still get to the freeway faster than going the long way around the center.  I like taking the freeway because the likelihood of us getting t-boned on the freeway is nil, we get better gas mileage on the freeway since there’s constant stopping and starting from intersections, and we get to drive fast—zoom!  Besides, my way has only 6 stoplights with 4 of them being at the freeway entrances ;).  Still, I have to admit that it takes about as long as dh’s route time-wise.

So, which way would you prefer to drive?  Street or freeway?  Why?

Another Unboxing?

Yes, lots of unboxings lately and a couple more to come.  If techno nerds can do them on their blogs, so can carseat nerds!  This unboxing is the coolest so far, at least from my perspective.  It’s still a bit cold here, so it takes me forever to get motivated to install carseats so that I can write a review.  In the mean time, I leave you with a video to see what is coming soon for a review!

2011 Toyota Venza Review–What Is It?

The vehicle world is full of SUVs and SUV wannabes. It seems like the family car is a thing of the past and if you actually drive a station wagon, you’re a relic doomed to wear flowy flowery shirts with bell bottom pants. So, what does all this have to do with the sharp-looking Toyota Venza? The Venza is a cross between all of them: a mid-size SUV/car/station wagon family haul-it-all. Will it overcome its identity crisis during my week with it to land itself in a particular category? I like categories—neat and clean. Read and find out!

Bumps in the Road

Imagine you’re staring at a collection of household and recreational goods: TVs, recliners, jet skis, barbecues, bed frames. Are you standing in the middle of a really great department store?

No, you’re looking at just a small sampling of the detritus that falls on the highways and byways of America every day.

Sunshine Kids Radian XTSL Unboxing (With a Giveaway!)

Today’s unboxing is the Sunshine Kids Radian XTSL.  Kecia reviewed the Radian a year ago, but today’s model is the updated version with Super LATCH.  There’s a lot of concern among CPS Advocates because we still have millions of vehicles and child seats on the road that give no information, confusing information or very low limits that mean you may not be able to use the LATCH system beyond 40 pounds.  With Super LATCH, Sunshine Kids claims you can avoid all the confusing nonsense and simply use their LATCH system to the 80 pound rating of the Radian XTSL in any vehicle (model year 2006 or newer)!

We also like the Radian for its very high rear-facing limits.  In fact, we’re giving one Radian XTSL away to a lucky winner of the Mega March 10th Anniversary Contest on our forums at www.car-seat.org!  Stay tuned for more monthly giveaways on our forums all year long, especially in April, when our forums officially turn 10 years old!